Sunday, February 12, 2012

Family Online

Midterm #2 is tomorrow. I don't think I know all of the material very well. Or, if I even know the material at all. Hoo boy. Thankfully, we have another midterm and the final, and whichever one we get the lowest grade in we can drop.
That doesn't mean I want to get a crappy grade though. That would be ridiculous.

Due to the fact that the world is getting digitalized, everyone seems to have some online identity. I certainly do, with the blog and things like Facebook. The Internet was made for my generation, or at least we have adapted to the Internet the best.
Then there are the parents. Oh, the parents. Once upon a time, Facebook was a place for college alum, and slowly it moved out to the rest of the world. Slowly the adults joined in.

I'm not the first to make this observation, but people tend to act differently on the Internet. I certainly try to censor myself, and there are others that have complete personality flips with the Internet. This can affect adults on the Internet.
For instance, I have an aunt who I adore in real life. She's fun to talk to, and always interesting. Online though? She's like a 14 year old girl who just learned how the Internet works. She'll post things like "LOL ohemgee!" She comments on statuses with the most awkward comments. It's like a completely different person, and it's not fun.

Then there's the instance with my mom. Oh mom, don't take this the wrong way. I love you, but you don't have to follow me on every Internet resource available. This is a conversation that occurred recently:
"So... you got a Twitter? ...Why?"
"To follow you!"
"I hate it."

Then why get it? Seems ridiculous to me. The point of making accounts online is for the purpose of using the for entertainment/business. That's why I didn't go up to her and say, "Hey I got a Twitter follow me" like I did for my blog. Because it wasn't really a thing I wanted her to follow. (Not like I say anything terrible, but still). I knew she wouldn't like a Twitter, so I didn't think she would get one. I suppose she found it from the blog, but I didn't even think she read this anymore.

My point is the Internet exaggerates things. So the embarrassing thing that your relative says at Thanksgiving will quadruple online. Oh dear.

Do your parents/relatives follow you on any Internet sites? Is it embarrassing or okay?


  1. I actually think it's hilarious when my parents mention that they see something from my Twitter feed, because I know that they think the only way to check it is by looking at the sidebar on my blog. It's kind of cute.

    Good luck with Midterm #2, lady!

  2. My gramma deleted me on Facebook. She said I swore too much...